It was a bit cold on May 28, 1983, when Stefan Bellof competed for the qualifying of the ADAC 1000-kilometer race at the Nürburgring as part of the sports car world championship. His car: The Porsche 956 K with the chassis number 007; first equipped with 13-inch wide rims on the front axle. More camber and modified steering levers ensure better steering behavior.
A distance of 20.835 kilometers per lap was to be mastered at that time. Less than 2 km shorter than usual. Due to the new construction of the Grand Prix circuit and the pit system, a connector with a short pit lane behind grandstand T13 was created.
No one guessed that on that weekend a record would be set, which would stand more than 30 years later.
The former Formula 1 driver Jochen Mass ends his qualifying with a time of 6: 16.850 min, as one of the last driver Stefan Bellof starts on his lap.
Bellof does the unthinkable in Werksporsche, a fabulous time of 6: 11.13 min, 5 sec faster than teammate Mass. The reigning Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg, even takes half a minute longer on his tour of the Green Hell.
Bellof was at an average speed of 202 km / h - faster than any racer before. Despite two small mistakes, as he would then say, typically relaxed.
Traumpaar auf der Nürburgring Nordschleife Stuttgart. Kurz vor dem Start zum 24-Stunden-Rennen auf dem Nürburgring präsentiert Porsche den rund 200.000 erwarteten Fans einen Paarlauf mit Legendencharakter: Timo Bernhard und Hans-Joachim Stuck rücken am 12. Mai für eine Demorunde mit dem Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo und dem Porsche 956 C auf der legendären Nordschleife aus. Der 919 Hybrid, Le-Mans-Sieger- und Langstrecken-Weltmeister von 2015, 2016 und 2017, trifft auf jenen Prototyp, der von 1982 bis 1984 alle Titel in der Sportwagen-WM holte und den Streckenrekord auf der Nordschleife hält.read more
Fans of Stefan Bellof have wondered why our website dedicated to the memory of Stefan has so far given no statement on the project of Porsche, regarding the record attempt at the Nürburgring. The Stuttgart sports car manufacturer plans to beat the time of 6: 11,13 minutes on the Nordschleife driven by Stefan Bellof on May 28, 1983 as part of the official final training for the ADAC 1000 kilometers from the Nürburgring. Stefan Bellof drove the record lap on the route, which was slightly shortened to 20.835 kilometers due to the construction work for the Grand Prix circuit, with a Porsche 956 - a topic that we went over several times in connection with the 35th anniversary of this success, which is still valid today. Porsche now wants to try to be faster than Stefan Bellof with a so-called Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. The 919 Hybrid Evo proved what it can do in a trial at Spa-Francorchamps: With 1: 41.770 minutes, he was, according to the announcement of Porsche from 09 April 2018, faster than the current Formula 1 drives there. But contrary to other announcements there is no support from the Bellof family for this recent record attempt.read more
On race Sunday, the second Porsche works car with Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass crossed the finish line as the winner. Stefan Bellof had to park his Porsche in the section Pflanzgarten after an accident in lap 19.
With this track record, the history of Stefan Bellof is inseparable from that of the Nürburgring. The curve combination between the jump hill in the Pflanzgarten and the Schwalbenschwanz section bears the name 'Stefan-Bellof-S' since 2013.
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